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With summer just on the horizon, many employers will make it easier for workers to beat the heat by relaxing dress codes to allow for more casual attire. And while companies have ample legal leeway to loosen the reins on office garb, attorneys say there are still plenty of ways they can trip up. Here, Law360 looks at five things employers should keep in mind when implementing summer dress codes.
An Illinois federal jury found Friday that Rent-A-Center East Inc. didn’t illegally fire a transgender employee after she told the company she was transitioning, dealing a loss to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and its argument that the termination flouted federal anti-discrimination law.
Former Fox News personality Andrea Tantaros lost her case alleging that when she complained about sexual harassment at the network, its executives and contributors cyberstalked her, with a New York federal judge on Friday finding the suit relied on “speculation and conjecture.”
A California hospital violated federal labor law by canceling anniversary raises for a group of registered nurses without permission from the Service Employees International Union local that represents them, the D.C. Circuit said Friday in an opinion enforcing a National Labor Relations Board order.
The Ninth Circuit affirmed a $4.5 million settlement resolving wage and meal break claims between Labor Ready Southwest Inc. and a class with more than 200,000 members after rejecting the parties’ earlier agreement, finding Friday that the district court adequately examined the deal’s fairness the second time around.
An Illinois federal judge who graduated from Bradley University and spoke about his “love affair” with the school was not required to recuse himself from an employment discrimination suit against it, the Seventh Circuit said in an opinion Friday.
A former server at Manhattan’s acclaimed French seafood restaurant Le Bernardin has ended her proposed class action against the company less than four months after filing it, with a New York federal judge dismissing on Thursday her allegations that the eatery and its owners mistreated employees and ignored sexual harassment.
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Tesla Inc. reached a $1 million deal Thursday to end a putative class action alleging the electric-car maker failed to pay overtime and provide proper meal and rest breaks to hundreds of California-based owner advisers and sales advisers, according to court filings.
A Pennsylvania federal judge on Thursday dismissed as time-barred a proposed class action alleging the National Collegiate Athletic Association and 20 Division I schools owe college athletes who received athletic scholarships unpaid minimum wages.
There’s “no basis whatsoever” to grant slot machine game maker High 5 Games’ bid to disqualify Foley & Lardner LLP from representing a former in-house patent attorney who allegedly stole the company’s trade secrets, a New Jersey federal judge ruled Friday, rejecting the plaintiff’s claims that the attorneys accused their own clients of perjury.
An Illinois federal magistrate judge rejected Motorola’s bid to examine the computers of workers at a Chinese radio manufacturer in a trade secret battle, saying the discovery had gone far afield of the statutes of limitation question it was meant to address.
Manhattan federal prosecutors on Thursday beefed up their case against New York City labor boss Norman Seabrook with a new fraud charge, ahead of a coming retrial over accusations that he took bribes from Platinum Partners in exchange for his union’s investment in the hedge fund.
The Delaware Supreme Court upheld the dismissal Friday of a shareholder derivative suit that accused the directors of Viacom Inc. of engaging in self-dealing by awarding unearned compensation to ailing board member Sumner Redstone despite his lack of involvement with the company.
A defense contractor that makes weaponized drones for the military has been accused in California state court of firing an employee who tipped off federal investigators about the company’s efforts to cover up an incident in which a worker traveled on a commercial flight with a drone containing a bomb, according to a lawsuit unsealed Friday.
Tesla Inc. has been pushing back on a retaliation suit in New Jersey federal court brought by a former employee who said he was demoted and ultimately fired for reporting that the company was selling damaged cars to unsuspecting customers, with the automaker claiming he’s bound by an arbitration clause.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Friday it is looking to make changes to the certification and evaluation process for crane operators, floating a proposal requiring additional employer evaluations and limiting lifting capacity certification provisions.
The U.S. Department of Transportation told a D.C. federal court Thursday that independent commercial truck drivers should not be allowed to expand the scope of their suit alleging the DOT mishandled safety citation records that hurt truckers’ job prospects and business reputations.
Initially, the First Circuit’s recent decision in Sepulveda-Vargas v. Caribbean Restaurants — a case involving claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act — may seem counterintuitive. But understanding the court’s treatment of two features of the ADA’s “essential function” doctrine will help parties navigate the nuances of these types of lawsuits, says John Calhoun of Choate Hall & Stewart LLP.
U.S. companies venturing into the world of global equity compensation confront a complex, cross-border web of rules and regulations. Victoria Ha and William Woolston of Covington & Burling LLP highlight five critical questions that can help U.S. companies navigate common legal pitfalls, with a focus on some of the most rapidly evolving areas of law.
The 2018 law school commencement season is underway, and keynote speakers at academic institutions across the country have sought to impart lasting advice to new grads. Here, five high-profile lawyers, including Preet Bharara, Rod Rosenstein and Anita Hill, shared their advice for improving local communities and the world, guidance which even seasoned attorneys may be able to apply to their own careers.
A recent bill introduced in the U.S. Senate that sponsors say will discourage gambling by the multibillion-dollar litigation funding industry is far from the first effort to regulate private legal investors. Here, Law360 looks at three things that distinguish the Litigation Funding Transparency Act of 2018.
Even after issuing five opinions last week, the U.S. Supreme Court still has a whopping 34 cases that need to be decided by the end of the term just over one month away, leaving court-watchers to speculate about what’s been slowing things down on First Street.
The judicial shortage in New Jersey federal court continues, with no appointments by President Donald Trump on the horizon, leaving a mounting caseload for a short-staffed bench spanning three outposts throughout the state, U.S. District Judge Jose J. Linares told his colleagues on Friday at the state bar association’s convention in Atlantic City.
The general counsel of Novartis stepped down in the wake of news reports that the pharmaceutical company paid a business owned by President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, and GCs ranked the firms they think have the strongest brands. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.
For those who missed out, here’s a look back at the law firms, stories and expert analyses that generated the most buzz on Law360 last week.
On the latest episode of Law360’s Pro Say podcast, we tell you what you need to know about the U.S. Supreme Court’s sports betting ruling; break down the latest battle in Apple and Samsung’s smartphone patent war; discuss law schools demanding answers from BigLaw about the use of nondisclosure agreements; and talk about a woman who took a painful toilet tumble.
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